There isn’t a tremendous amount of history to report, when it comes to the Affenpoo. They got their start in the 1990’s, and were crossbred in the United States.
Breeders wanted a specific looking dog, that was more for show than purpose.
While the Affenpoo is new to the breeding scene, their lineage of Affenpinscher and Poodle isn’t. These two breeds have respectively been around since the 15th and 17th centuries.
The Affenpinscher’s purpose was to hunt rats, and that they excelled, while the Poodle was more of a Toy Group breed, that enjoyed the relaxing life of shows and companionship. Breeders wanted a dog that could take these essential elements and combine them into one.
As of 2018, the Affenpoo isn’t officially recognized or registered by the American Kennel Club, however, this breed is acknowledged by the American Canine Hybrid Club, the Dog Registry of America, the Designer Breed Registry, and the Designer Dogs Kennel Club.